Top 10 Kitchen Renovation Tips!

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Renovating your kitchen is a cost-effective way of modernising your family home, and turning what was once a drab and lifeless space into an effortlessly stunning one. At MW Homes, our kitchen renovation services in Melbourne find the perfect balance between creating a liveable and practical kitchen, with a modern and undeniably stylish design that is on trend and on budget. 


With over 10 years' experience in the home renovation and improvement industry, here are our top 10 kitchen renovation tips for ensuring a smart and stunning investment you'll love for years to come:

1. Opt For An Open Plan

Today, open floor plans are in high demand. They improve the flow of the home and let in more natural light. So you may have to consider knocking down a wall to open up the space to create a more open and functional living space. Not to mention, open floor plans are an ideal solution for small homes as they give the illusion that the home is bigger than what it is. 

 

2. Use Quality Materials & Appliances

High quality drawer slides and hinges mean cabinet doors will stay closed and drawers won't stick. Avoid drawers that are made of particleboard. For cabinet interiors, wood veneer is more durable than melamine, laminate, MDF or particleboard. Nothing dates a kitchen as badly as old, nasty and ill-fitting appliances. So the best way to quickly refresh the space is to get a new oven, cooktop, fridge and dishwasher. Always ensure the appliances fit comfortably into the allotted spaces. Always choose premium quality well-known brands so they can be repaired and serviced if needed, and select quiet and energy efficient models where possible.

3. Think About Cabinet Heights & Storage

If you have high ceilings, select cabinets that go to the ceiling. They offer more storage, enabling you to use extra wall space for artwork or open shelves. You want to make use of every nook and cranny of available space in your kitchen. Maximise space by making overhead cupboards stretch right to the ceiling. Get a lot of deep pot drawers under benches for quick access to utensils, food wrap, containers, dishes, pots and pans. Also make sure you make room for all those little appliances (think toaster, kettle and blender) so you can tuck them out of sight when youre not using them. Dont forget to make a space for your microwave.


4. Choose A Timeless Colour Palette

When completing your colour selection for tiles, paint, cabinetry and finishes, opt for a neutral palette that wont date easily. Use light colours in the kitchen to assist with making the space feel light and bright, and more spacious.



5. The Right Flooring

Engineered timber flooring is a great option for a kitchen because it not only looks great, but is durable, low-maintenance, works well for open plan designs, is timeless and adds warmth to any room. For a tight budget, check out vinyl flooring. Vinyl is a breeze to clean, cushy under foot and stain and water-proof.

6. Rubbish Ideas

Dont forget to plan for the practical elements everyone needs and uses everyday in a kitchen, like rubbish bins. You could go for cleverly concealed separate rubbish receptacles for landfill and recycling waste in hidden drawers or under the sink, or select a sleek no-touch stainless steel bin with an automatic sensor.


7. Fab Fittings
 

Add some new cabinet, door and drawer handles to instantly update your kitchen. There are many styles and materials out there to cater to every taste and kitchen vision. Luxe metallics, including gold, copper and bronze are right on trend at the moment. Also think about replacing outdated or shabby tapware with a modern functional design. Extendable taps and flip mixers are both practical and chic options.


8. Task Lighting

When planning your electrical layout, consider that you will need sufficient lighting to ensure you have a safe and well lit preparation area. More often than not, overhead lighting isnt enough in a kitchen, as this can cast shadows over your work space. We recommend adding under cabinet lighting, pendants over island benches, LEDs in your wall cabinets and getting range hoods with good lighting.



9. Add A Butlers Pantry

If youre lucky enough to have the space and the budget to create an entertainers dream kitchen, be sure to add in a butlers pantry. Consider adding an extra sink, wine racks, a bar fridge, dishwasher and cooktop to the butlers pantry, so you can prep food in peace and keep all your small appliances and mess out of sight while entertaining. Go for open shelving to the ceiling to keep costs down. Add a space-saving cavity sliding door so you can easily close off the mess.


10. Durable Finishes
 

Regardless of your budget, it is crucial to select durable surfaces that are easy to maintain for the high traffic work space of a kitchen. If you have a tight budget go for the more affordable option of granite or engineered Caesar Stone benchtops and glass splashbacks. With a bigger budget, add some wow factor with a marble benchtop, waterfall island bench and splashback. Note that grout between kitchen floor and wall tiles is hard to clean and maintain, and stainless steel benches scratch very easily. Both finishes you should avoid for longevity in the kitchen.



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